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Ben Leach

President |  Castle Rock Police Department

Ben is a patrol officer of the Castle Rock Police Department. He has been the designer of the CPPA's Combat Pistol Match for several years and is a tactical officer with an interest and teaching certifications in several specialized law enforcement use of force related disciplines. Ben is a contributing author to the CPPA's Law Enforcement Journal and is the author of our tactical article. Ben also has an interest in officer legal defense coverage and is a member of the Legal Defense Committee. "It's a privilege to be a part of an association that's served Colorado peace officers since 1922," says Ben. "I hope I can make a small contribution to keep that legacy strong."

Officer Alan Geary

Vice-President  |  Aurora Police Department (Retired)






Nikki Thomas
Secretary  |  Pueblo Police Department

Nikki Thomas started her career in 1998 at the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy as worked in the intake section. In 2000 she was hired at the Pueblo Police Department as a patrol officer where she worked on graveyards for two years until she applied and was accepted as a Detective in the Crime Scene Unit, where she is presently. She also teaches at the Pueblo Police Academy, the Citizens’ Academy and assists in teaching classes at the local high schools. Nikki is the current President of the Pueblo Police Benevolent Association. She is also on the board for the Rocky Mountain Women in Law Enforcement.

Paul Frey
Treasurer |  Grand Junction Police Department (Retired)

Paul is the Criminal Justice Academy Director for the Delta-Montrose Technical College in Delta, Colorado, and Reserve Deputy Sheriff for Delta County assigned to the College. Paul has over 38 years of law enforcement experience, starting in 1973 with the Lake County Sheriff's Office as a dispatcher/jailer for 3 months then was promoted to a road deputy assigned to the Twin Lakes Division. In 1975 he joined the Leadville Police Department and achieved the rank of Sergeant. In 1981 he he joined the Grand Junction Police Department, where he was an FTO, CSI, the general investigation, and traffic unit Sergeant. In addition, he had collateral duties as the HGN/SFST & DRE coordinator, intoxilyzer instructor, D.O.T. inspections, and as a member of the accident reconstruction team. Paul retired from Grand Junction in 2008 after serving more than 27 years. Since then, Paul has worked two seasons as a seasonal State Ranger for Colorado State Parks at James M. Robb Colorado River State Park. Paul is an active Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate with Clifton Volunteer fire department and teaches the Alive @25 driver awareness program.

Officer Kris Larson

Board Member  |  LoneTree Police Department


Kris Larson grew up in southwest Colorado before attending Fort Lewis College where he graduated with a degree in business management. Kris spent the next couple of years in Washington DC working for a western slope Congressman, primarily on law enforcement and natural resource issues.


Kris returned to Colorado as the Director of Legislative Affairs for Colorado State Parks and as a lobbyist for the Department of Natural Resources. In 2002, he attended and graduated from the Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Facility and transitioned to the field as a Park Ranger at Chatfield State Park and then Castlewood Canyon State Park.


Kris Larson started his career with the Lone Tree Police Department in 2009 and has enjoyed the customer service aspect of Law Enforcement in Lone Tree and the ability to interact with the community on a personal level.


Kris Larson is currently assigned to the Community Partnership Unit with the Lone Tree Police Department.


Deputy Chief Chris Noeller
Board Member  |  Pueblo Police Department


Deputy Chief Chris Noeller has 24-years of law enforcement experience beginning with the Louisville, Colorado Police Department in 1994.  In 1996, Chris started with the Pueblo Police Department and has extensive experience in patrol, SWAT, and narcotics, which includes 8-years with the Southern Colorado Drug Task Force as a DEA Task Force Officer.  He served as a member of the Pueblo Police Department SWAT Team for 10 years as an entry team member, sniper/observer, and an additional three years as a Team Leader/Sniper Team Leader.   During his time on the SWAT Team he served as the Acting Team Commander during the overnight visit of then President Barrack Obama and was involved in the execution of over 100 warrants.  Deputy Chief Noeller was promoted to sergeant in 2011 and served as both a patrol sergeant and traffic sergeant during this time.  In 2014, he was promoted to Captain and served as the Watch IV Watch Commander until his promotion to Deputy Chief in November of 2017, where he currently serves as the Operations Bureau Deputy Chief, overseeing the Patrol Division and Traffic Unit.  Deputy Chief Noeller received his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University and his Master Degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University.

Sergeant Cory Tomps
Board Member | Grand Junction Police Department


Cory has worked in law enforcement since 2001, starting his career with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in Southern California.  In 2006, Cory moved to Colorado and became a member of the Grand Junction Police Department and is currently a Sergeant assigned to the patrol division.  Over his career in law enforcement he has been a Field Training Officer, Problem Oriented Policing team member, a Crime Prevention Officer and a Homeless Outreach Team officer.  Cory possesses a professional designation in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, serves as an instructor in Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), and has instructed in numerous areas of discipline at the Western Colorado Peace Officers Academy.  Cory obtained an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from Colorado Mesa University.  Cory joined the CPPA board in 2017.

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